The first step to success in this is realizing there needs
to be steps taken, period. Ignorance of what to do is where I started and I had to learn from the onset at the age of 57. I had no idea about
food and blood sugar/diabetes ten years ago even though diabetes is in my immediate family. So, it's really great and important that you are here asking questions. And, like you, I did not find good information or help from a dietitian.
Excess weight as well as heredity contributes to blood sugar and diabetes problems, so as I wrote, eating carbs makes this worse. Looking at your list of food, the following are making things worse or at the very least not improving the situation: cereal, oatmeal, toast, fried potatoes, pancakes, french toast, pizza, mashed potatoes, taco shells, sun chips, bread, pasta. That is the food that you write she is now eating.
If you buy any food in a package at all, check the carbs. The higher the carbs, the higher the blood sugar.
For breakfast ideas, check out the Lowcarber site. School lunches may not be the best choice so if she brought her lunch from home, that would be a good start. She could take large leaves of lettuce and some slices of any kind of meat (even meatloaf) and eat lettuce wraps. Baggies of nuts and cheese and other snack food I mentioned above are also good to have in the bag. (My husband likes meatloaf and he takes a slice of frozen meatloaf leftover from dinner and it defrosts by the time he eats lunch.)
Fresh vegetables would always be the first choice to eat but I also have bags of frozen vegetables which are easy to take what I need and lightly saute or quickly boil/steam. Drizzle some butter and lemon juice on them for taste. Very often I put a small plate of salad food on the table for anyone to pick from as we eat dinner: cucumber pieces, small tomatoes, olives, cheese cubes, celery pieces, springs of cilantro, some baby spinach leaves, plain walnuts or other nuts. Picking from this plate helps fill you up and does not add to higher blood sugar (unless you're wolfing down everything insight on the table).
Broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots (limited) can all be eaten cooked or raw. Zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions can be sauteed alone or combined for tasty sides.
Fresh and frozen vegetables are cheaper than buying prepared food in boxes and they are healthier.
Changing how your daughter is eating may help you too! Has she seen an endocrinologist?
Also, it might be more interesting to take a 30-minute walk if the weather is getting better where you are than to walk on a treadmill. Around your house, in a park, around a shopping center. If you're all watching TV, stepping in place during commercials or even during the show will make the time pass quickly, too.
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating
Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/7/2016 11:20:41 AM (GMT-7)